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WTC: NOCK Blunders Again

January 27, 2024 Whitby Town

WTC: NOCK Blunders Again

  • – an “In My View” article by NIGEL WARD, noting that Whitby Town Council’s resident embarrassment has blundered yet again – this time making the BBC News.


Whitby Town Councillor John NOCK – self-proclaimed ‘wordsmith’ – has once again run off at the mouth without first engaging his political grey matter, this time making the front page of my BBC News Home Page.

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Councillor NOCK is becoming renowned for giving voice, in public, to sentiments that no right-thinking person would regard as appropriate, seemly or remotely acceptable in public life.

Most infamously, it was Councillor John NOCK [Con.] who, as a serving member of Scarborough Borough Council in the run-up to that Council striking the name of former Councillor, Mayor and Alderman Peter JACONELLI [Con.] from the Roll of Honour – on account of his decades-long sexual abuse of young boys at his ‘Ippon’ Judo Club and elsewhere – told fellow members, in the Town Hall, that JACONELLI should not be compared with his fellow rapist, sexual-abuser and long-time ‘friend’ Jimmy SAVILE because all JACONELLI did was “pay young lads to give him a w*ank”.

Councillor NOCK’s abortive defence revolved around the claimed ‘fact’ that unlike paedophile SAVILE, JACONELLI was a mere ‘hebephile’ – a pervert whose victim preferences centred around ‘early puberty ad0lescents’, whereas SAVILE’s include pre-pubescent children.


Try telling that to JACONELLI victims.

Perhaps Councillor NOCK should add the following to his ‘wordsmith’ dictionary:

Councillor NOCK then went on to tell the Yorkshire Post that it was the Councillors who had lodged the Formal Complaint against him who should bear the blame for bringing the Council into disrepute.

More recently, it was Councillor NOCK who declared, in Council on 18th August 2023, that attempts to improve the Council’s calamitous and out-dated policies and procedures and hopelessly inadequate Agendas and Minutes were quite unnecessary, stating,

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”.

“Ain’t broke”? Right!

Sources tell me that Councillor NOCK retains his seat on Whitby Town Council to keep his name in the public eye for when he stands for election to North Yorkshire Council (when present incumbent Councillor David CHANCE stands down for ‘personal reasons’).

The £17,000 per annum Basic Allowance for North Yorkshire Councillors may have nothing to do with Councillor NOCK’s ambitions. More likely, he has a burning desire to help the victims of sexual abuse and homelessness.

‘Mr Insensitivity’ may wish to consider whether or not he is really cut out for public life – or should really be cut out of it.


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